Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spammers and Pen Pals

It's been over a month since I've blogged about anything! Since the last couple of weeks of October, a great deal of my free time has been combating spammers. LegendFire has been invaded, and I've been turning over options to keep them out. The trolls in the basement seem to have eaten their fill and are fast asleep, which lets the rest of the spammers through. My Anti-Spammer Sword of Doom is well-honed, yes, but my sword arm is getting tired. Even the Forum Leaders with their Anti-Spammer Laser Pistols are getting miffed by the influx of these creeps. Despite all our magical wards, these spammers must be wearing amulets that let them pass through. We're going to have to consider thickening the outer wall. Anything to make it comfortable and inviting for the members. If they only knew ...

On a more positive note, some of my usual blogging time has been used to resume correspondence with someone who might as well be called a writing pen pal. Though pens are no longer used to write letters, it seems. I "met" Martin through Hatrack several years ago, and while he was helpful in pointing me in new directions for my writing, it's been most rewarding to discuss writing and publishing with him on a more detailed level than I can with most of the members at LF. Our recent discussions have provided some writing-related material to blog about, so if these spammers are soon under control, I'll have some new things to post.

In the meantime, the study on Acts concluded last week. It was a great success. One of our members who has been a Christ-follower for only a few years confirmed my hopes when she said that she hugely appreciated this study b/c the Bible stopped being a collection of random, helter-skelter verses and finally became a whole, a story, a history told from beginning to end. I was thrilled. Reading Acts years ago also helped my husband come to the same conclusion, and he was raised with those random verses being shoveled down his throat. I remember, when Acts changed his view of God's Word, everything changed. His outlook, our marriage, his relationship with God and his coworkers. It was amazing.

So now, a break, in which I shall begin reading Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge, and dive back into writing. I'm ecstatic.


Winter said...

Good to hear from you again. Sorry to hear about LF, spammers are spawn of evil. Acts is indeed an awesome portal to enjoying a closer relationship with God's word. Did you do a book study or go through the videos (the visual Bible ones) I am just curious. I love the Word and to know what others are using to enable them to connect with it (and Jesus) more. Please post a review of some sort on the book...I have really enjoyed Eldredge. My husband reads him more than I, but he has shared a bit with me?

Court Ellyn said...

Well, neither actually. Our group had been purchasing books to read for earlier studies and since we come from all walks of life, I didn't want anyone to have to purchase anything, so I looked up free resources online, questions and discussion material from well-known Bible teachers, and compiled the study myself. It was a lot of work, but well worth it. My mother, who teaches young women's ministry, was sure to tell me that the person teaching the study will get 10 times more out of it than the students. Not sure that was quite true, maybe 5 times more. :D The most important lesson we got out of the study, I think, was that Christ-followers are not meant to be timid, passive, and silent.

Oh, and Eldredge! Yes, our group read Love and War that he and his wife wrote together, and my husband and I both read Waking the Dead. Wow. Will be sure to review Beautiful Outlaw when I've finished it. I'm sure I'll be crying the whole time. :D